Trails & Treks

Discover the beauty of Saanich Parks and nature in your backyard. 

Enjoy fresh air, beautiful scenery, a friendly chat and gentle exercise as we take different walks through Saanich parks and trails. A great way to meet people! View the Trails and Treks brochure here.

Click on the image below for the schedule

Social walk on paved or level gravel surfaces.  Easy-paced social strolls on pavement and groomed trails Guided walks follow mainly
chip or gravel trails but may have some steep sections.
Guided hikes on routes that may include steep, rough trails

Walk & Roll Around the Park

(Spring to Fall Only)
Mondays 11:00am-12:00pm Leader: Penny
Join our friendly leader for a social walk and roll around a different Saanich Park. The pace and distance is up to you. Make your way around each park multiple times, or take the whole hour to do one loop. Featured parks have multiple benches for rests and wide walkways, with paved or level gravel surfaces. Feel free to bring walking sticks, poles, rolling walkers, wheelchairs, or other mobility aids. All welcome!

Apr 17- Horner Park
Meet in main parking lot, Palo Alto Str., off Cedar Hill X Rd.

Apr 24 - Sierra Park
Meet/park on San Juan Ave., near crosswalk at Sierra Park.

May 1 - McMinn Park 

Meet at entrance to parking area on Maplegrove Str., off Sunnymead Way and Cordova Bay Rd. Lots of on street parking if needed.

May 8 - Layritz Park 

Meet at Layritz Park parking lot on Layritz Ave. off Glyn and Wilkinson Roads.

May 15 - Rutledge Park 
Meet/park on Scotia Str. beside Rutledge Park.

May 22 - Victoria Day

May 29 - Glanford Park 
Meet in parking lot on Kenneth Str., off Glanford Ave.

June 5 - Lambrick Park 
Meet beside main entrance to Gordon Head Recreation Centre off Feltham Rd.

Jun 12 - Copley Park West 
Meet at Copley Park West on Parkridge St. off Vanalman Ave.

Jun 19 - Majestic Park 
Meet/park near Majestic Park tennis court on Majestic Dr.

Jun 26 - Brydon Park 
Meet /park at end of Vanguard Pl. off Mann Ave. near entrance to park.

Walk and Talk 

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Leader: Tuesdays - Dianne, Thursdays - John 

Enjoy fresh air, beautiful scenery, friendly chat and gentle exercise as we take different walks through Saanich parks and trails. Walks follow mainly chip or gravel trails but may have some steep sections. No registration required. Sorry, dogs not permitted.     

Mar 30 - Lochside Trail to Beckwith Park
Meet on Lochside Trail in parking lot by Don Mann Excavating, off McKenzie at Borden

Apr 4 - Gordon Head Parks – South
Meet at Gordon Head Rec Centre entrance, 4100 Lambrick Way, off Feltham

Apr 6 - Mystic Vale (hills and unpaved trails)
Meet at Cadboro Gyro park end of Sinclair Rd. by washrooms

Apr 11 - Tillicum Parks
Meet at Hampton Park parking lot;225 Hampton Road, off Burnside Rd. W, beside Les Passmore Centre

Apr 13 - Bowker Creek
Meet at Cedar Hill Rec Centre

Apr 18 - Portage Inlet
Meet at Helmcken Centennial Park; 27 Kingham Place parking lot (below Park/Ride - east of overpass)

Apr 20 - Ten Mile Point  (some hills)
Meet at Arbutus Rd at Wedgewood Park

Apr 25 – Copley Parks to Rosedale Park
Meet at Copley Park parking lot, 598 Parkridge St, off Vanalman Ave.

Apr 27 - Mt Douglas to Majestic Park  (some hills)
Meet at washrooms in parking lot off of Cordova Bay Rd. at Ash St.

May 2 – Gorge Waterway
Meet at Gorge Waterway Park, at Canoe Club, 349 Gorge Rd E.

May 4 - McMinn to Doris Page (hills and beach surface)
Meet at McMinn Park, by tennis courts, off Maplegrove St.

May 9 - Rosedale Park to Knockan Hill Park
Meet at Rosedale Park on Santa Anita Ave. by tennis courts.

May 11 - Knockan Hill Park  (steep hill, unpaved trails)
Meet at Strawberry Vale Community Hall off Burnside Rd.

May 16 - Playfair Park to Rutledge Park
Meet Playfair Park parking lot; 1198 Rock St.

May 18 - Lower Trails of PKOLS (Mount Doug) (steep hill, unpaved trails)
Meet in parking lot at Ash & Cordova Bay Rd.

May 23 – Braefoot Park to Lambrick Park
Meet at Braefoot Park parking lot  1359 McKenzie Ave.

May 25 - Beaver Lake
Meet at Beaver Lake paved parking lot off of Elk Lake Dr.

May 30 - Copley Park West to Quick's Bottom
Meet at Copley Park parking lot; 598 Parkridge St., off Vanalman Ave.

Jun 1 - McMinn to Kentwood – Outterbridge (some hills, unpaved trails)
Meet McMinn Park at 4820 Maplegrove St at Lochside Dr.

Jun 6 - Rithet’s Bog Park to Donwood Park
Meet far end of Dalewood Rd.;off Chatterton Way.

Jun 8 - Bow Park
Meet at Gordon Head Rec Centre lobby, 4100 Lambrick Way, off Feltham.

Jun 13 – PKOLS (Mount Doug) Park Lower Trails
Meet at PKOLS (Mt. Doug) parking lot by washroom.

Jun 15 - Cadboro Bay to Queen Alexandra
Meet at Cadboro-Gyro Park end of Sinclair Rd., beside washrooms.

Jun 20:  Cuthbert Holmes Park & Colquitz Trails
Meet at Silver City in Tillicum Mall parking lot. 

Jun 22 - Glencoe Cove (some hills)
Meet at Vantreight Park, on Vantreight Rd., off Ferndale Ave.

Jun 27: Layritz Park to Hort. Center Pacific
Meet at Layritz Park Parking lot; off Glyn Rd.

Jun 29 - Mt.Tolmie & Finnerty Gardens (steep hills)
Meet at Henderson Rec Ctr, parking lot.

Easy Walks 

Mondays 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Leader: Penny

One-hour, easy-paced social strolls on pavement and groomed trails through parks and interesting neighbourhoods. Routes avoid steep hills and busy trails where possible. Most walks start near bus stops. Please wear supportive shoes. No dogs please.

Apr 3 - Shelbourne/Camosun
Meet in NE corner of Hillside Centre parking lot, at intersection of Shelbourne St. and North Dairy Rd.

Apr 10 - Easter Monday

Apr 17 - Marigold/Garden City
Meet in Marigold Park, Iris Ave., off Grange Rd.

Apr 24 - Royal Oak/Colquitz Trail
Meet at entrance to Royal Oak Shopping Centre on Viewmont Ave., opposite Greenlea Dr.

May 1 - Cordova Bay Area 
Meet in Lochside Park, on Lochside Rd., off Cordova Bay Rd.

May 8 - Rural Interurban Area  
Meet in Viaduct Flats gravel parking lot off Interurban Road opposite Viaduct Ave West. 

May 15 - Playfair/Cedar Hill Golf Course - Loop 1 
Meet in main parking area Playfair Park, off Rock and Quadra streets.

May 22 - Victoria Day

May 29 - Gordon Head West 
Meet near washroom block, in main parking lot for PKOLS (Mount Doug) Park, off Cordova Bay Rd.

Jun 5 - Swan Lake/Cloverdale 
Meet at end of Nelthorpe Str., off Mackenzie Ave.

Jun 12 - Royal Oak Ramble 
Meet near main entrance to Saanich Commonwealth Place, Elk Lake Dr.

Jun 19 - Bowker Creek/Saanich Panhandle 
Meet at corner of Queenston and Townley Streets. Park along Queenston.

Jun 26 - Gorge: Upper Waterway
Meet in Gorge Park, Gorge Rd. West, opposite Orillia Str. (This is not the parking lot by the playground).

Sunday Hikes       

Discover the beauty and variety of Saanich parks on our Sunday Hikes, which are open to walkers of all ages. Please wear sturdy footwear as walk routes sometimes include steep, rough trails. Bring drinking water. 
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.   Leader: Penny

Apr 23 - Hyacinth Park to Knockan Hill
Meet at Hyacinth Park, on Marigold Rd.

May 28 - Layritz/Mountain Road Forest
Meet at Layritz Park parking lot on Layritz Ave, off Glyn and Wilkinson Rds.

June 25 - Campus to Cove
Meet at entrance to UVic Parking lot #10, off Gordon Head Rd. Free parking on Sundays.

Any questions please call Alison at 250-475-5408 or email